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Inspiration – Great News – It has been saved!

Michele Farmer29 January 2020

I have heard that Inspiration mind mapping software has been bought by another company and will be continued.

Inspiration software to be discontinued

Michele Farmer5 November 2019

SUBJECT: Inspiration Software, Inc. Closure Notice
For over 36 years Inspiration Software, Inc has been in the business of creating,supporting and selling software tools to advance thinking and  learning skills for learners of all ages.
Over the last few years, the market and technologies needed to serve our
customers have shifted tremendously.

After extensive consideration and with regret, we have decided to stop selling our products and close Inspiration Software. Therefore, as of 25th November, we will no longer be fulfilling orders.

We have notified Student Finance England of our plans to close Inspiration Software and are working with them to ensure there is an orderly exit from the DSA sector for Inspiration 9.

We do have some good news for our customers as our DSA products will continue to be supported and sold by other companies.

• Inspiration® Maps and Kidspiration® Maps will now be a part of
Diagramming Apps, LLC. Inspiration Maps is now a DSA approved product.

• Inspiration 9 IE customers can continue to find curriculum, customer service and tech support through TechEd Marketing at inspiration@techedmarketing.com or 01672 560387.

A dedicated Inspiration 9 support website for users will be launched in November.

For the foreseeable future, existing users of Inspiration 9 for Windows will be able to continue to use it as normal in their studies.

Inspiration 9 for Mac users are likely to face issues if they choose to upgrade their current operating system to Catalina, which doesn’t support 32-bit applications.

If you have any further questions on this matter, please do not hesitate to reach out to Reeza Awoodun (reeza@inspiration.com).

We thank you all for your support in recommending Inspiration 9 over these past years.
Yours sincerely
Mona Westhaver
President & Co-founder
www.inspiration.com

Windows 7 Colour and Font Modifications Missing from Windows 10

Michele Farmer7 January 2019

The issue is that in previous versions of Windows, you were able to get into the settings to change the colour of the window background, so that when you opened a Microsoft Word or Excel file, the background colour on your screen was your chosen shade.

The window option allowed a colour chart to open up, where you could move the cursor around to find the exact shade you were looking for (alla Win 98, 2000, XP, 2007, etc.). In Microsoft 10, there is no simple option.

The current accessibility options provided by MS for Win 10 are pretty awful.

I have been in touch with Microsoft and they say that due to complaints that they will be bringing this facility back, but we do not know when.

This window is no longer available

Screenshot of Windows 7 colour and appearance options

In the meantime UCL users can access a ‘Screenmasking’ option from a networked piece of software called TextHelp Read and Write. This software is either found on the Desktop@UCL, or from the Software Centre or Database.

Screen-masking Option Menu in TextHelp Read and Write

Zoomtext and Dragon for Mac – Discontinued

Michele Farmer6 November 2018

Zoomtext has been discontinued for the Mac. At present I do not know what they have planned, if at all, for a replacement.

The individual Dragon for Mac has also been discontinued, however, users will be able to access Dragon for their Macs via a subscription service for Dragon Anywhere. Information on the Dragon changes can be found here.

 

 

Converting a PDF into a Word Document

Michele Farmer5 September 2018

As PDF Converter will no longer be available via the software database, the option for converting PDF into Word can now be accessed via Word itself.

Just go to the ‘Open’ file option and in the drop down menu in the bottom right of the window select ‘PDF’ and browse to and open your file.

Word will then convert it to a copy you can then edit.

Image of PDF Word open menu

Live Captioning and Video Subtitling Service Available

Michele Farmer18 July 2017

Live Captioning for Lectures and Events

121 Captions is now available to use for these services – they have been added to MyFinance as a service provider.

For live captioning the process is as follows:

Book the number of hours you wish from the company – they will only charge you for these hours.

You will need a laptop set up with a Skype account to connect to their system (the Skype to Skype call is free) along with a Skype Mic (the Disability IT Support Analyst has one for loan if needed). The laptop would preferably be hardwired (via an Ethernet port) to our network – you may need to get a port patched for this, but ISD Network Services will be able to help – please book a job through the Service Desk. Client Platform Services can also help with setting this up – if needed though, please give both services advance warning and log a job through the Service Desk to make sure they are available.  However, in many cases, wireless internet connections should work, but it is best to run a test beforehand to make sure the signal is strong enough.

The speaker will need to be informed of the setup so they do not wander too far away from the mic whilst giving their speech.

The end user(s) will need a device (laptop, tablet) and the link (which the company will provide) to be able to view the captions.

The end user’s screen can be modified (font, colour, etc) and will also have a chat window to feed back to the typist if there are any issues.

Captioning screen before any font or colour changes

Captioning screen before any font or colour changes.

The image above shows an example of basic layout before colour and font modifications.

The company will also provide you with a transcript afterwards.

*They also have a new service called 1Fuzion which allows display of captions and PowerPoint slides on the same screen.

Subtitle your videos for YouTube, Vimeo, staff / college / university intranet

Upload your video to YouTube (using a private or unlisted setting if necessary). They will download the video directly, subtitle it and email a professional subtitle format file back (with colours / positioning / emphasis / sound effects etc). They just charge for the subtitling and email the subtitle file, which you upload to YouTube in your Video Manager (it takes 30 seconds!). They can send instructions on how to upload to YouTube or Vimeo. Your video can also be embedded on an internal intranet site. The viewer can turn closed caption subtitles on and off as needed without any burning process.

You would just need to tell them whether you need a closed caption file or a video file with open captions burnt in, whether you want them to use UK or US English spellings, or if you’d like a version with each.

For an example of how it works in practice, take a look at the RSA shorts on YouTube, switching on the “English captions” using the icon third from right on the toolbar.

They will email your file usually within 24 hours, Monday to Friday. Orders received after midday on Friday will be delivered by midday on Monday. Weekend delivery can often be arranged, so please contact them if you’re in a rush: bookings@121captions.com

Closed Captions

  • Subtitles can be turned on and off, as the viewer requires.
  • Suitable for YouTube, Vimeo, staff intranet.
  • Text is searchable by major search engines.
  • Useful to provide viewers with an option to choose subtitles if they struggle to hear your soundtrack or want to watch with the sound off.
  • Least expensive option: They simply provide you with a professional-format timed subtitle file, which you upload to your video.
  • On YouTube, viewers can set the font and size of subtitles which they find easiest to read.
  • Open Captions
  • Subtitles are burnt into your video and are permanently visible.
  • Suitable for all web video platforms.
  • Text is not searchable by Google and YouTube.
  • Useful to provide open access to your video for all, or if your sound isn’t the best quality.
  • More expensive option: As burning-in subtitles involves additional production processes, including the creation and transfer of a new video file, there is an additional cost.
  • You have control over the font and size of the subtitles, which the viewer can’t change.